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  • Can't relocate to new office: Do I have rights? Massachusetts

    I work in a very large company in Boston. My department just reorganized and my job has been relocated to the suburbs, a location I cannot get to because I do not own a car nor can I afford one.

    My new boss has given me 60 days to decide what to do: a) find a new job or b) commit to the current one. Since there is no way I can make it out to the new job location, I'll have to find another job. If my 60 days are up and I haven't found anything yet, do I have any rights to severance or unemployment? I'm pretty certain I would be let go. Would my not taking their offer be considered the equivalent of a willful resignation and void any rights I have to severance or unemployment?

    Thanks for your input.

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    Severance is required by law in some circumstances in MA, but this is not one of them. So unless there is a contract or binding policy that guarantees severance, it would not be required by law; it would be up to the employer whether or not to provide it.

    Whether or not you would be entitled to unemployment is something only the DUA can tell you.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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      You co. gave you two choices - you have to pick one. Severance is actually never required unless your co. has a policy of paying it on their termination of your employment. However, you wouldn't be terminated by your employer - you would be quitting. You may not get UI if you quit since you were offered a job. However, only the UI commission in your state can make that decision.
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        cbg - your reply wasn't there when I started typing my reply. You are correct re severance sometimes payable (ie mass layoff) - I said never required.
        Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

        Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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